Arsenal and Chelsea meet for the third time in an FA Cup Final on Saturday.
It’s been a season of contrasts for the two London clubs; Arsenal finished eighth in the league after replacing manager Unai Emery with Mikel Arteta in December, while Frank Lampard steered Chelsea to a top four finish.
The clubs' two Premier League meetings ended with the Blues staging a late comeback to take all three points from the Emirates in December, before an entertaining 2-2 draw in West London the following month.
In the semi-finals, Arsenal pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over holders Manchester City thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea, meanwhile, eased to a 3-1 win over Manchester United, with David De Gea fumbling over strikes from Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount before a Harry Maguire own goal sealed victory.
What time is Arsenal vs Chelsea?
As has become the norm in recent years, Wembley’s showpiece event will kick-off at 5.30pm.
Unlike all other FA Cup Finals – but in keeping with all football in the UK since June – it will be an eerie experience with no fans allowed into the national stadium.
It’s also the only match being played on Saturday, falling between the semi-finals and final of the Championship play-offs.
Arsenal vs Chelsea TV channel and live stream
The Wembley showdown between two of the FA Cup’s most successful clubs will be shown on both BBC One and BT Sport.
Coverage on the Beeb will begin at 4.30pm while BT’s matchday programme will start at 4.15pm.
It will also be possible to stream the match on the BBC iPlayer and BT Sport apps.
What happens if Arsenal win the FA Cup?
Whoever lifts the trophy on Saturday evening will determine whether Arsenal or Wolves qualify for next season’s Europa League.
The winning team gets a place in next season’s Europa League, however Chelsea have already qualified for next year’s Champions League.
If Arsenal win, they go into next year’s Europa League, but a Chelsea victory will mean Europa League qualification goes to the team that finished seventh in the Premier League, which in this case is Wolves.
Oliver Giroud loves Wembley. He scored the final goal of Arsenal's 4-0 rout of Aston Villa in 2015, scored in this season's semi-final there against Manchester United and goes into Saturday's final in a rich vein of form – having scored in each of his last four outings.
The Chelsea hit man is a 6/4 anytime scorer with thepools.com, but is 17/4 to open the scoring – just as he did on his last visit to Wembley to face United.
Chelsea are strong favourites to win the Cup at 8/13 , having finished the Premier League season 10 points clear of The Gunners and having beaten Arsenal at The Emirates in December.
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But don't discount the 5/4 on offer for Mikel Arteta's men.
They have beaten Manchester City and Liverpool in the last fortnight and drew 2-2 with Frank Lampard's men in January despite playing with 10-men for more than an hour.
The other time the two sides met this season ended 2-1, indeed, both teams have found the back of the net in five of their last six encounters and both teams to score 'Yes' has to be likely at 8/11 .
thepools.com also offer a few specials which are intriguing. They go
- 3/4 for Over 1.5 goals and 9 or more corners
- 2/1 for Over 2.5 goals and 10 or more corners
- 12/5 for Both Teams To Score and 11 or more corners
Key Stat: More Arsenal matches have gone over 10.5 corners, more than any other side this season, 58 per cent of their matches overall.
Odds courtesy of thepools.com.
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